A bizarre succulent is one that suggests something it's not in an eerie way: a cancerous growth, reptile, bug or body part. When you take a second look and ponder what on earth it is, you experience a deliciously unsettling ah-ha (or bwa-ha-ha) moment.
Of course, what's bizarre is in the eye of the beholder. With that in mind, the gallery below presents my own subjective choices.
BIZARRE SUCCULENTS CHALLENGE (Ended Oct. 18): At the risk of someone taking me seriously, I fiddled with the names of 12 of the 40+ bizarre succulents below. The first person to list them in the comments with the correct names received my Cactus 2021 calendar.
AND THE WINNER IS: Darcy Nagle of Tucson, Arizona, with 20 of 24 possible points! Coming to Darcy is:
Professor Mordant's Sea-Sand Succulents
Bizarre succulents inspired one of my few forays into fiction: Professor Mordant's Sea-Sand Succulents. Do enjoy "moonlit" photos and a pleasantly unsettling reinterpretation of collectible-yet-creepy succulents.
Excerpt: I was the only one who accepted the professor’s invitation. I calmed my trepidation by anticipating a big story…or at least a small adventure. It turned out to be both. But except for these photos, I’m unable to prove it. I fear that now, after the tsunami, this is the only record that remains...[Continue reading]
Bizarre Succulents Gallery
also for autumn
This gallery of succulent-topped pumpkin design ideas are mostly by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity, who pioneered the concept in 2011. It caught on immediately, becoming as popular for fall decor as wreaths are for the holidays. After several years of making pumpkins for sale, Laura now devotes her time to designing in-ground gardens.…